The JGS will begin our Genealogy Days back on Saturday, June 27th at the Jonesborough Visitors Center Auditorium, 117 Boone Street, Jonesborough, at 9:30 am. The Auditorium is a larger facility then we usually use, so it will be able to allow us to social distance more and still enjoy a genealogy program that can help us along the journey. At this point, we do not know when Genealogy Help Nights at the Jonesborough Library will return. We are taking it a month at a time. Our June Genealogy Help Night scheduled for Thursday, June 11th has been cancelled. We will see what July brings. Also, the Heritage Fair is still postponed with no set date. We are still waiting and watching to see when and if the event will be able to go on this year. We will let you know, more as we know.

In discussions with our originally speaker, we have swapped programs for this month. Instead of Ric LaRue’s program on What Can Be Found in Newspapers, we will have Ann Bloomquist, an experienced genealogist who serves as the administrator for the First Families of Tennessee project of the East Tennessee Historical Society. She serves as the editor of Tennessee Ancestors for East Tennessee Historical Society and the Jefferson County Genealogical Society Journal. She teaches genealogy classes, and presents a variety of genealogy workshops and author of 13 genealogy books. Her talk, originally scheduled for March of this year, will be titled, “Using Maps for Genealogy,” which will emphasize the importance of using maps to locate where ancestors lived. She will demonstrate sources and samples of printed maps in books and online, topographic maps, and deed mapping software.

In discussion with Ann, We would like to ask anyone who would like to attend to RSVP at [email protected], so we know how many to expect will be at the program and be able to be equipped to set up chairs and social distance in the auditorium. Please RSVP by Friday, June 12th.